The Museum of Jewish Heritage is New York’s home for Holocaust education. We offer several ways for students, teachers, and adult learners to engage with us.
Online Resource: Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum
Developed by the Museum with the support of the NYC Department of Education, the Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum is an innovative teaching resource featuring free lesson plans accessible through our Meilman Virtual Classroom, primary sources, historical timelines, stories of young people coming of age during the Holocaust, and other resources for middle and high school students and their educators.
Explore the Museum’s free Holocaust Curriculum at holocaustcurriculum.nyc >
Museum Tours with Gallery Educators
Student and Youth Groups
Our tours and programs are adapted to meet the specific needs, interests, and backgrounds of different student groups. Learn more >
Teacher Professional Development Programs
The Museum offers several opportunities throughout the year for active classroom teachers and is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) by the New York State Education Department.
To view upcoming programs, visit our Events calendar and sort by “Teacher Professional Development”.
High School Apprenticeship Program
The High School Apprenticeship Program offers New York City public high school students a challenging program of study and work designed to give them a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to work in the Museum and explore Jewish heritage and their own. Learn more about this program and other NYC internships and fellowships >
Holocaust Educator Internship (HEI) School Partnerships
The Holocaust Educator Internship supports Holocaust education in public middle and high schools throughout the New York City area by providing lessons and tours developed by Holocaust scholars and an opportunity for students to visit the world’s third-largest Holocaust museum, bus transportation provided, all free of charge to the school. Time and availability permitting, teachers may request that their students meet with a Holocaust survivor after their tour to hear first-hand testimony. Learn more about becoming a partner school >
Free Teacher Guides
Pre- and post-visit materials extend the educational value of a visit to the Museum. They prepare students in advance to think critically about the issues they will confront in their tour and offer suggestions for further inquiry after their visit. View Free Teacher’s Guides >
Curriculum Guides for Frequently Assigned Books
The Museum has created teacher guides to using the Museum’s Holocaust Curriculum in classes reading frequently assigned books about the Holocaust. These guides are found on the Museum’s Holocaust Curriculum website, available at the links below:
- The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
- Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Lesson Plans: The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm
The Museum has created Holocaust education lesson plans using the HBO documentary The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm as its source material. These lesson plans—also available through Scholastic—help teachers, and parents, introduce the Holocaust in an age-appropriate manner.
Lesson Plan for Grades 3 – 5: Students will understand some basic elements about life during the Holocaust. Download a free copy.
Lesson Plan for Grades 6 – 8: Students will understand important themes and topics for studying the Holocaust. Download a free copy.
Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum Student Workbook
Download a free copy
For use in conjunction with the Museum’s Holocaust Curriculum Curriculum, these student workbooks are made possible by a grant from the Mildred and Alvin Caplow Fund of The Leo Rosner Foundation.
The Museum also offers additional student workbooks for purchase. Learn more >
Additional Online Resources
This free, interactive website helps middle and high school-aged students explore Holocaust history and themes of identity and personal responsibility. Part of the larger Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum website, Coming of Age During the Holocaust features first-person accounts of young people who survived the Holocaust, integrating compelling videos, narratives, and primary documents with online discussions and engaging activities.